There are some experiences that just cannot be described. They are to be felt ‘in the moment‘. The thrill of watching a Tofua’a (whale) is one of these. The first sighting of this magnificent creature is something you never forget. As it emerges from the depths of the ocean in a splash of waves, the sheer force of it’s body starts a rhythmic cyclonic effect in the waters and the sight is like watching music in motion.
However, the freedom of this gentle giant is at risk today, as talks about drilling/ mining, taking over some of the Pacific ocean bed are now floating in more with each passing day. Also, the way plastics and other hazardous materials/chemicals are being dumped into the ocean is causing havoc and much angst. What does all this mean for life in the ocean?
This painting also draws a parallel with my life experiences, as I try to stay true to my art and rise above the obvious challenges around me.
Mediums and material used:
Tapa: is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.
Tongo Ink: is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark.
Soil Paint: The soil used as paint is found only in specific places in the ancient island of Eua and in the past, it was used to wash hair. Acrylic Paint.
Size of Painting 1:14.5 inches (length) x 18.6 inches (breadth)
Size of Painting 2: 12.9 inches (length) x 19 inches(breadth)
Prices: On Request